Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) – President and Mrs. Obama left their vacation rental home in Hawaii for over an hour to make a Christmas Day visit to Marines stationed at the U.S. Marine base on Oahu.
“Hi guys, Merry Christmas,” the president said as he entered the mess hall where Marines and their families were enjoying their Christmas dinner. Casually dressed, the Obamas went from table to table to say hello, shake hands, and ask where everyone was from. At one point the president said “I’m proud of you guys,” and could be heard thanking the Marines for their service and saying he understood how tough it was to be away from their loved ones on the holiday.
As he made his way to one table, a Marine handed the President an iPhone and asked the president to say hello to the person on the other end of the phone. The president obliged, and spoke for a few seconds. At another table, he asked a Marine if he had already spoken to his parents, and then he and Mrs. Obama asked the Marine to tell his parents that the Obamas said hello.
President Obama made a trip to the same base earlier in the day to take in a workout at the base gym. He spent the remainder of the day with his family inside his vacation rental in the Kailua section of Oahu.
The president does not have any public events scheduled during his vacation.
–CNN White House Producer Jamie Crawford